The Benefits of Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder

14th November 2017

The Benefits of Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Many people become depressed and anxious in the winter months. What was once thought of as "winter blues" is now a recognized medical condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Yoga can aid in alleviating the symptoms of this to help you FEELGOOD this winter.

What Causes SAD?

Whilst there is no definitive cause for the condition, it is thought that a lack of sunlight may stop certain parts of the brain from functioning correctly, altering your body's internal clock, increasing the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy, and decreasing production of serotonin, which is linked to depression.

Treatment for SAD

The most effective treatment for SAD is daily exposure to light, however since stress contributes to depression, exercise is also key in treating the illness. Yoga is proven to reduce stress and holds a number of other benefits to help restore health and happiness.

Benefits of Yoga for SAD

Increased Sleep: One of the primary symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder is insomnia. A restorative yoga session before bed can signal to your body that it is time for sleep, by relieving stress and tension from the body, as well as increasing blood flow to the brain. Getting a full night of sleep will in turn improve day-time energy levels.

Happy Hormones: Any form of exercise will release endrophins in to the body, but when you're feeling fragile a 10k run or extensive gym session may not be that appealing. Attending a yoga class will boost your endorphin production without consuming your already reduced energy reserves.

Improved Posture: Yoga classes are a great way to improve posture, and although you may not associate the two, a good posture has been proven to improve your mood. Yoga poses encourage you to open up your chest, allowing you to breathe more easily. These simple things have an effect on your physiological and mental state.

Mending the Mind: Yoga teaches the art of self-study. By taking time to yourself to reflect on all elements of your life, you can detect the things that are worsening the symptoms, and generate an action for change. Learning to witness your feelings without getting wrapped up in negativity is a large part of practicing yoga.

Tension Relief: When combined with deep breathing, certain yoga poses can help to achieve relaxation by stretching the tension and fatigue from your muscles and moving oxygen through the body and tissues. Attend a yoga mat class to relieve the tension from your body and rid yourself of the heavy feeling associated with SAD.

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